Hip-Hop

June 6, 2004
(was 05.25.2003)

He’s been called the “Godfather of hip-hop.”  He rose from selling drugs on the streets to running a Fortune 500 company.  He founded Def Jam Records and produced acts like Run DMC, Public Enemy, and LL Cool J.  Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, Russell Simmons and hip-hop.  Also, the death of the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of hip-hop culture.

  1. Todd Boyd on the Rise of Hip-Hop

    Is hip hop strictly for the under-30 crowd?  Todd Boyd tells Anne Strainchamps it’s a message of empowerment for Black Americans.

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  2. DJ Puzzle and Stephen Weber on DJ-ing

    Veronica Rueckert took a crash course from DJ Puzzle (Jason Donnelly) and talked to Stephen Weber.

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  3. Craig Werner on Tupac Shakur

    Craig Werner, Afro-American Studies professor at the UW-Madison, tells Jim Fleming why rapper Tupac Shakur is revered today.

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  4. Russell Simmons on His Life in Hip-Hop

    Russell Simmons has been called the godfather of hip hop.  He tells Steve Paulson he got his start selling street drugs as a teenager.

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